Elementary STEM Department
Department Chairperson: Dawn Reinhardt
732-776-2000 Ext. 7803
Providing Neptune students with the life and career skills needed to function optimally in the 21st century is our critical focus for our STEM course. STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning model based on real-world applications to solving problems. We, as educators, have an obligation to prepare engaged citizens, who are productive members of a world class workforce that rewards innovation, creativity, and adaptation to change, in a millennium dependent on knowledge creation mediated by new technologies. K-5 STEM will focus on the meaningful integration of digital tools and apps into Next Generation Science concepts, stemming from research, hands-on labs, and the engineering design process. Throughout the Elementary STEM course, students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively and to create and communicate knowledge in various modes.